Monday, 28 July 2008

Mon Cliffs / Møns Klin - Sealand

The tourist guide for this zone is here
It is quite comprehensive and gives detailed descriptions of the place.

This is a natural landmark that the Danes are proud of. Quite rightly so, its an unusual natural Phenomenon.These are chalk cliffs on the the Baltic Shore. The bright chalk cliffs stretch some 6 km from the north to the the south. Some of the cliffs fall a sheer 120 m to the sea below. The area around Møns Klint consists of woodlands, pastures, ponds and steep hills, including Aborrebjerg which, with a height of 143 m, is one of the highest points in Denmark. The cliffs and adjacent park are now protected as a nature reserve.
If you would like to read more on the geology click here

We decided to check out a bit of Danish Countryside and this very talked about natural wonder. On Friday we set out to figure out transportation after giving up on car rentals. Car rentals in the area can cost upto a whopping 275 dollars per day!! yikes.

to be continued..i am heading for dinner and stroget :) yum yum

Money, Expenses & Exchange

This is one thing that infuriated me in Denmark. No international Credit Cards without a pin are accepted. Which basically means you have to carry cash! Only Dan Kort or cards with pin are accepted which again shows a complete disregards for people coming in from other countries! Again the Danes put themselves first, so not very tourist friendly on that account!
If you planned your holiday on CCs, forget it!

Denmark uses Danish Kroners, not Euros. Everything is expensive, so resign yourself now to the fact that you are going to spend more than you planned. Going out to eat is what really killed us- the food is good but really expensive. If you get in the habit of cooking right from the start, you might be able to avoid my fate. Choosing long stay apartments is a good idea because you geta kitchennete.Shopping is also a big downfall- take a calculator with you so that you can figure how much you’re actually paying for what you’re buying, rather than making a conservative (i.e. wrong) guess at the cost. I justified a lot of purchases that way…
Bars have covers, so try to figure out which nights are the cheapest to go out (I suggest
Thursdays), and drinks are expensive so choose your bars wisely.

Getting to and Around

Getting to Denmark from other countries and SAS ( Scandinavian Airlines )
From Middle East & Asia.
Basic connections can be with SAS ( direct flights during winters ) Strange thing is that this is made only with the assumption that Danes would need to get out of Denmark to warmer locales and not the other way around. Go Figure! They understand that if you really want to visit , you'll figure a way out...
So the options are connects with Lufthansa, Air France, KLM , Austrian and Aeroflot etc. From main cities in EU you can either connect with SAS from the capitals or take cheaper EU carriers like Sky Europe, Sterling, Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Veuling etc.
Average prices from Asia and Mid East are about 1200 USD.

Travelling within Denmark, one has to say that there is a good network within Copenhagen city ( buses, Metro and S tog (Train ) ) http://www.rejseplanen.dk/bin/query.exe/en is a good site to plan and route your connections from any point to any point within Denamrk provided you have the exact address. You can purchase Clip Korts ( Clip cards ) that are applicable in all 3 or buy the copenhagen card that allows free access for 24, 48 hrs etc

The city is divided in zones and the number of zones you move in , you clip your card.

Tickets and Discount Clip Cards
Ordinary basic tickets can be purchased from vending machines at stations, ticket offices and on buses from driver (not cards though).
The tickets are stamped with time, date and departure zone. You pay for the number of zones you need, but the minimum fare is for 2 zones and the maximum for 7 (all) zones.
Discount clip cards are available for 10 journeys within two, three, four, five, six or all zones. It is cheaper per journey to use a discount clip card than to buy a ticket. Before your journey starts, you punch the card in a yellow card-clipping machine on a bus, at a station or on a local railway train.
Each clip entitles the passenger to travel within the number of zones indicated on the face of the card. By clipping the card more times you can travel in a greater number of zones than one clip allows.
The text on the discount clip card explains how many times you need to clip. If a group of people travel together, the card must be clipped the number of times required for each person.
Discount clip cards are available from more than 900 outlets (stations, HUR-ticket offices, many newsagents, supermarkets etc.) You must keep tickets and discount clip cards throughout the journey and present them to ticket inspectors on request.
Validity of tickets and discount clip cards:
2 - 3 zones: 1 hour
4 - 6 zones: 1 1/2 hours
All zones: 2 hours
Children under the age of 12 travel free when accompanied by an adult. Children aged 12-15 years can either purchase a children’s ticket or a children’s discount clip card for two or three zones. Two children under the age of 16 years can travel on one adult ticket or one clip on an adult discount clip card.
24-hour ticket:
The 24-hour ticket offers you 24 hours of unlimited travel by bus and train throughout all the zones of the Greater Copenhagen area.
The ticket should be clipped in the card-clipping machine on a bus, at a station or on a local railway train. One adult can bring along two children under the age of ten years free. The 24-hour ticket is available from HUR ticket offices and manned stations.
Further information: If you have any queries, you may obtain further info at HUR ticket offices and at stations.
movia Servicecenter:
Tel: 36 13 14 15
(open daily 7am - 9:30 pm) · www.movia.dk
DSB S-trains:
Tel: 33 14 17 01
(open daily 6:30 am - 11pm) · www.s-tog.dk
DSB domestic trains: Tel: 70 13 14 15


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Denmark Blog

This has been long overdue, every year i have visited this country and some how never got around to blogging or writing a travelogue on it. Hopefully this will help people.
This is not about the usual info ( that you can find very well organised in the danish websites ) but more froma personal point of view. Things that i thought will cover things not mentioned to some extent.
I have visited Denmark for 3 yrs every year, every time i have taken my time over it, hence the observations.
Any corrections are welcome.

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